Stem Cell Transplant
I had my SCT back in May 2015. I want in 2 weeks before for them to harvest my stem cells. It meant giving myself a shot of generic Nulasta once a day for 5 days before the harvest. Not bad, but took Claritin once a day and it took care of the pain.
The day before, I was told to take 6 of my Revlimid. When I went in for the procedure, I got the chemotherapy then after 2 days they infused my stem cells back into me. I had it pretty mild the next 3 weeks as I was hospitalized and only had a couple of bad days. I was pretty weak after I got home after 3 weeks in the hospital but overall it was not a bad experiance.
I had my transplant last summer, I was autologous so didn’t have to wait to find a match. The collectoin of cells was done right in The Bone marrow office at lemon-holten in GR. the transplant it’s self was so easy my family was like “that’s it?” 10 days of prep chemo while in hospital. Maybe an hour getting your stem cells (like a blood transfusion), then time in hospital time to make sure it’s multiplying and doing it;s job. No biggie, so much easier than you’d think.
You’ve got this. Don’t worry.
I’m praying for you,
How long did it take after you got out of the hospital for you to start feeling better. I go in on the 23rd of Sept. Harvested the stem cells a couple of months ago, so that is out of the way. I am scheduled for 6 days of chemo (Beam-R) prior to the Transplant day. When you read the possible symptoms it gets worrisome. Just looking for some info from someone that has been through it.
Bob Y. after I got out of the hospital, I felt decent. A lot of that was because I followed the exercise program they had me follow in hospital (nothing big just enough to keep me going strong.I was under"house arrest" until my counts got higher and i’m still taking my fair share of pills. I was working about 2=3 months after I got out But was still getting tired easily. Gods blessings to you
I had my autologous stem cell transplant 2 years ago. I’m doing great now, but the side effects from the transplant were rough! I had one week of severe diarrhea. I was extremely restless. I couldn’t read or watch tv for more than about 20 minutes. Nighttime was really hard because I couldn’t sleep due to the restlessness. I was also nauseated for about 7 weeks. I lost over 10% of my body weight. It was definitely worth it, but just wanted you to be aware that these effects could happen. Sounds like some people didn’t have any problems at all. I hope that is your outcome!